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DES MOINES, Iowa – (Oct. 4, 2013) – Today, MidAmerican Energy Company and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie announced a new community-based initiative to help homeowners in three Des Moines neighborhoods become more energy efficient.
The Save Some Green Neighborhood Initiative is a pilot initiative that is being launched in conjunction with the city of Des Moines, Center on Sustainable Communities, Green Iowa AmeriCorps and MidAmerican Energy. Over the next year, representatives from each organization will work together to establish an awareness of energy usage and promote energy efficiency programs to homeowners that live in the Beaverdale, Lower Beaver and Gray’s Lake neighborhoods in Des Moines.
“The three chosen neighborhoods already have a strong presence in the Des Moines area,” said Mayor Cownie. “I am eager to see the positive impact that this program will have on each area’s energy usage.”
With funding from MidAmerican Energy and AmeriCorps grant funds awarded to the University of Northern Iowa, five AmeriCorps coordinators will be committed to working with neighbors in each area through July 2014.
“Our AmeriCorps coordinators truly will be our boots-on-the-ground in these areas – informing homeowners, making connections and helping each neighborhood succeed,” said Ashley Wolter, Director, Green Iowa AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps coordinators also will help homeowners with energy audits and encourage participation in appliance recycling and insulation upgrade programs as well as generate awareness about special promotional activities to reduce energy usage.
“We look forward to hosting this terrific group of AmeriCorps members and supporting the goals of this exciting opportunity for Des Moines by developing educational programs that empower communities to reap the benefits of improved energy efficiency,” said Siobhan Spain, Interim Director, Center on Sustainable Communities.
“Energy efficiency benefits both the environment and the community,” said Diane Munns, energy efficiency vice president, MidAmerican Energy. “Lower energy bills are good for the environment and add value to properties and neighborhoods.”
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 734,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.